The octagonally shaped Perpetual Calendar, Annual Calendar, and a Chronograph make for a coveted collection of watches called Octagon by luxury Italian fashion brand Stefano Ricci. This first trio of watches marks the brand’s foray into Haute horology after establishing a revered name for itself in the area of fine Florentine tailoring. The collection goes without saying, is heavily inspired by the city of Florence. Ricci says, “Florence, the city where I was born, has always been an inspiration for me. Its geometry, architecture, and art convey a sense of incorruptible balance in the face of time”. This influence is seen in the octagonal geometry found in the architecture of Stefano Ricci’s hometown, Florence, including the Baptistery, Brunelleschi’s rotunda, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The octagonal case of all three models is made from white gold, measuring 45.5 mm in diameter and 14.8 mm in thickness, perfectly complemented with a blue crocodile for the chronograph and black crocodiles for the perpetual and annual calendars. There are 60 limited-edition numbered models, with each version limited to just 10 pieces of the chronograph, an annual calendar, and a perpetual calendar, with a further 10 available in diamond editions. On the 10 Diamond Lux Limited Edition, Perpetual Calendar watches, the engravings are different animals in nature. The bezels are set with carefully selected princess cut diamonds amounting to 8.25 carats. A hunter-style hinged case back topped with one-of-a-kind engravings in the style of antique English hunting guns, created by hand in Northern Italy, is common to all models.
A briar-root wood box with blue velvet lining holds the beautiful watches that boast a PF 333 caliber self-winding movement with a 50-hour power reserve. Stefano Ricci’s Octagon timepieces are priced between $120,000 and $220,000. With a hefty price-tag such as this one, one can expect exceptional service, and Stefano Ricci doesn’t disappoint. Stefano Ricci watches owners will enjoy a dedicated after-sales service as part of which a representative will come to the owner to collect the watch if a problem arises, no matter your location, take it for repairs and have it returned with an extended warranty.